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High school musicians to perform at fund-raiser

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By Sara Miller

Week after week, we read about our talented mountain musicians performing with the Evergreen Chamber Orchestra, acting in Evergreen Players productions, or singing with the Evergreen Chorale. If you’ve ever wondered where some of these local artists honed their musical chops, look no further than the instrumental music programs in the Evergreen public schools.

For years, emerging musicians have made their way through the ranks of our public schools’ music programs, and many have gone on to perform professionally. On Saturday, Aug. 13, the Evergreen High School instrumental music department will present “High School at the House,” a showcase of some of the best and brightest talent to rise through Evergreen’s ranks.

“The concert is being sponsored by Evergreen High School’s instrumental music booster club,” says Laurie Romberg, a club member. “It’s a true testament to the quality of our schools and the music educators in our community that these young adults can perform at such a professional level.”

The booster club has undertaken an ambitious fund-raiser program for the 2011-12 school year. Figures show it costs approximately $850 per student to participate in marching band each year. These dollars cover the costs of new instruments/repairs, uniforms, music, marching drill materials, special instruction, festival fees (the EHS marching band will participate in four festivals this year), transportation, food and more.

“The instrumental music department provides a lot to the students and community,” Romberg says. “They provide school spirit during sporting events, participated in the Rodeo Parade this year, and provide the music for the school musicals. Most importantly, groups like band, orchestra and marching provide places for young men and women to forge a special community of friends and colleagues.”

“High School at the House” will take place at the Ice House on Main Street in Evergreen. The Ice House has generously donated the space for the evening, and proceeds from ticket sales will benefit Evergreen High’s instrumental music program.

The evening will feature performances by 15 young musicians, many of whom are planning to pursue degrees in music upon graduation from Evergreen High. Several recently graduated seniors will perform. Michael Guest is a saxophonist and was an active member of jazz band while at EHS. Millicent Marter is a talented vocalist who will study music at Cornell College in Iowa. CJ Garcia, also a recently graduated senior, is the lead singer and guitarist for The Hooligans, who have performed at Evergreen Lake Presents in the summers and can often be heard outside of Rio Del Sol.

Tickets can be purchased at the door on the night of the show. For those who cannot attend this fund-raiser, the instrumental music program at Evergreen High would appreciate the community’s support. Donation can be made directly to the instrumental music booster club by sending checks payable to Evergreen High School  C/O EHS Instrumental Music Boosters, P.O. Box 1054, Evergreen, CO 80439. Those wishing to make donations may also contact Julie Sciarabba, the booster club’s fund-raising chairperson, at Julie@bearcreekplumbing.com.

Sara Miller, a freelance writer and a resident of Evergreen, lives with her husband, two children and a dog.

“High School at the House”

Presented by the instrumental music students of Evergreen High School on Saturday, Aug. 13, at 6 p.m.

Tickets are $5 for students, $10 for adults and $35 for families. Tickets may be purchased at the door on the evening of the show.